Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DEM Kicks Off 9th Annual Great Outdoors Pursuit This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will kick off this Saturday on National Kids to Parks Day with a scavenger hunt and guided hike. As part of the Pursuit, now in its ninth season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.

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Public Notice: Proposed Public Boat Access Area on Lake Sunapee


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to build a Public Boat Access Area at its Wild Goose Property on Birch Grove Road in Newbury, NH.  An Environmental Assessment (EA) of the project was prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Sea Lamprey in Connecticut River Drainage


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers and the general public as a whole to avoid disturbing spawning sea lamprey that may currently be found in the Connecticut River and several of its tributaries. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wade Right in: A Guide to Choosing the Right Fishing Waders


A good pair of waders can be the difference between spending the day with boots full of mud or with dry toes. This article will offer answers to your questions about selecting the right waders to get the most out of your experience on the water.

Choosing The Right Type of Waders For You

There are several different wader designs available to anglers today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the kind of fishing activity you are involved in or the type of water you fish most often in, you might prefer one over another. The most common types you will see in fly shops and tackle stores are hip waders, waist high waders or wading pants, and chest high waders.

Last Chance to Enter the NH Moose Hunt Lottery


If you haven't submitted an application yet and want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get moving! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is Friday, May 26, 2017.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to offer permits to 51 lucky winners for New Hampshire's 2017 moose hunt, which runs from October 21-29. Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 72%.

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Keeping an Eye out for Turtles


It’s springtime and Vermont’s turtles on are on the move. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs, sometimes choosing to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Spawning Can Take Its Toll On Wild Brook Trout


As my grandfather, the incredible Mr. Henry “Limpet” Obrey used to say: “Never judge a fish until you swim a mile in his fins.”  Well… I might have that a little mixed up, but the point I would like to make is that it’s tough to be a wild brook trout.

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Celebrate New Hampshire's Great Outdoors with NH Wildlife Journal


Have you ever caught a crappie?  If not, it’s time to get in on the nonstop action. You’ll find some tips and tricks for catching this schooling game fish, which is fun on the rod and tasty in the pan, in the latest issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine (May/June 2017).

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Kids Fishing Events Underway Across Vermont


Over three dozen children’s fishing events are scheduled for May and June throughout Vermont, creating a variety of opportunities for kids and families to enjoy the sport of fishing as well as the state’s natural resources. 

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Deer Ages Available on VT F&W Website


Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com. The department is requesting addition information from hunters who harvested a buck three years or older.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Wild “Orphans:” To Rescue or Not?


Spring and summer are busy times for people and animals. Many animals are setting up territories, building nests, or finding den sites to give birth and raise their young. At the same time, people are spending more time outdoors and the chances are greater that someone may come across a young bird or mammal that may appear to be orphaned or injured. It is normal for many animals to leave their young alone for long periods of time, so your help may not be needed. In all likelihood, the adult is nearby watching and waiting to return.

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Enjoy New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day - Saturday, June 3


Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire -- freshwater or saltwater -- without a fishing license. Plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.

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Cliff Tops Closed to Protect Nesting Peregrines


Hiking Vermont’s hillsides is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend you check to see if the area you’re planning to hike or climb is open. Several cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Update: New Location For Public Hearing On Draft Regulations For Fishing, Hunting, Falconry, Recreational Areas


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public hearing this month in Providence to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing freshwater fishing, falconry, hunting, and parks and management areas.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last Call: Moose Photo Survey Closes May 15


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s spring moose survey will be closing soon.  The public is being asked to submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life


Remember to brake for moose when traveling New Hampshire roadways. There were 116 moose/vehicle collisions in New Hampshire in 2016; in the last five years the state has averaged 136 per year.  The months May through October are high-risk months for encountering moose on the roads, as moose come out to the roads to eat salt during these months. 

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Antlerless Deer Proposal, Hearings May 11 and 16


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board recently voted on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s proposal for antlerless deer hunting for 2017. Public hearings will be held May 11 in Randolph and May 16 in Manchester. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Registration Opens for North Country Fly-Fishing Workshop


Learn to fly fish while visiting beautiful northern New Hampshire! The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering a beginning fly-fishing weekend course called "Fly-fishing, A-Z" on June 3-4, 2017, at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, NH.  The course is presented by the Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program. It is open to anyone age 13 and older, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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DEM Seeks Input On Draft Regulations For Fishing, Hunting, Falconry, Recreational Areas


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public workshop and public hearing this month to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing freshwater fishing, falconry, hunting, and parks and management areas.

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Read the latest NH Fishing Report


First I want to thank those anglers who responded to my call for help in getting information for this report.  Drop me a line anytime at scott.decker@wildlife.nh.gov to let me know what’s going on in your fishing world and if it’s timely, I will get in the Fishing Report.  It’s spring and the suckers are spawning!

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Make Plans to Stay Tick Smart


As more Vermonters venture outside to enjoy warming weather, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds hikers, hunters and others to be tick smart while fishing, turkey hunting, or watching birds. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2016 Testing Shows No Evidence of CWD in NH; Hunters Urged to Avoid Urine-Based Deer Lures


New Hampshire’s white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2016 hunting season.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Moose Photo Survey Open Through May 15


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s spring moose survey is now underway.  The public is being asked to submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017. 

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Learn to Fish this Spring For Free!


Celebrate the arrival of warm weather by attending one of the many MassWildlife Angler Education Program events being held across the state this spring. There are events for adults and for kids and families looking to learn how to fish in a non-competitive environment.  Fishing equipment and bait are available to use at most events, and no fishing license is required to participate in the event. Most events are also free to attend. Find an event near you.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

With ice-out nearing, Rangeley, Mooselook and Richardson Lakes Should Offer Some Fine Fishing


While the lakes in the Rangeley area are still locked up with ice, open water fishing will begin soon. Based on our records, the average ice-out for Rangeley Lake is about May 3rd, but this year it will most likely linger on for a time after that date. The latest ice-out date for the lake in our dataset (going back to 1979) is May 14, 1992. This spring could be similar to that year.

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Keep Wildlife Wild -- Leave Young Animals Alone


With the arrival of spring, many species of wildlife are giving birth to their young. Finding young wildlife can be exciting, but in most cases, even if it appears abandoned, the mother is not far off. If you encounter young wildlife -- even young animals that appear to need help -- the kindest and safest thing to do is to leave them alone and let nature take its course.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Antlerless Deer Proposal Voted on by F&W Board


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board voted on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s proposal for antlerless deer hunting for 2017 at its meeting on April 26 in Montpelier. 

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Turkey Season Starts Monday Throughout The State


Spring turkey season starts on Monday, May 1 throughout the state, and youth hunters have their own day this Saturday, April 29. IFW biologists believe that hunters are in for a successful season.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spednic Lake, Maine


In addition to overseeing Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Management Section of the Wildlife Division also oversees other lands owned either in fee or that are included as Conservation Easements.   Spednic Lake is one such location where both lands owned in fee and conservation easement s are in place.  Several acquisition efforts over the last 25 years have resulted in the creation of the Booming Ground WMA (650 acres), 16 miles of shoreline held in fee, and an additional 14.4 miles of shoreline held in a conservation easement.  The shoreline conservation efforts are 500 feet deep and are intended to restrict future development.  As part of these conservation efforts, MDIFW has also acquired 12 islands in Spednic Lake.

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Reminder: Bring Your Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 29, 2017


Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Free admission!

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DEM Stocks Ponds With Golden Trout For Free Fishing Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced Free Fishing Weekend will take place Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7. As part of the event, the public is invited to fish without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp in the state's freshwaters. Six local ponds will be stocked with over 6,000 rainbow trout and 4,000 golden trout for the event.

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Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens May 6


The Vermont walleye fishing season is set to open up on Saturday, May 6, marking the return of some of the best walleye fishing in New England. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Moose Lottery Deadline is May 26, 2017


Whether you're applying online or with a paper application, don't wait until the last minute to apply! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is May 26, 2017. It costs just $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents to enter the lottery (non-refundable). A total of 51 permits are proposed to be issued this year. The state's moose hunt will run from October 21 - 29, 2017. Last year, the statewide hunter success rate was 72%.

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Access to Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp (Pine River/Route 25) Remains Closed


The trailered boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility on Pine River (off Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee, NH, will remain closed while the NH Fish and Game Department finishes refurbishments.  The ramp is currently closed, with no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats. 

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Vermont’s Catch-and-Release Bass Fishing


Vermont’s celebrated catch-and-release bass fishing season is underway with some of the hottest bass fishing action in the Green Mountain State happening right now. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DEEP Reminds Residents to Be Bear Aware


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with black bears. These steps are increasingly important because Connecticut’s bear population continues to grow and expand and bear activity increases in early spring. In 2016, approximately 6,700 bear sightings from 134 of Connecticut’s 169 towns were reported to the DEEP Wildlife Division.

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2016 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary Available


As hunters gear up for the fall season in New Hampshire, a rich source of information available to them is the 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2016 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of hunting season statistics, including some information by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).

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Monday, April 24, 2017

IFW Fishing Report For April 21, 2017


Region A – Sebago Lakes Region

“It’s prime time for salmon right now,” says IFW fisheries biologist Jim Pellerin, who added that in most of the lakes in the Sebago Lakes region, the smelt runs have just ended or are about to end. As a result, the salmon are feasting.

“The ice is out on nearly all our lakes, except for Kezar Lake in the northwest corner of our region,” said Pellerin. Anglers have been out and are reporting good catches of landlocks on Thompson and Sebago, and a few on Auburn Lake.

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New Hampshire Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season, after considering comments from sportsmen at a recent public meeting.

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Fish Stocking Underway Across Vermont


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has kicked off fish stocking work across the state, an effort that will ultimately result in over 1 million fish being distributed into Vermont waters in 2017. 

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Spring Turkey Season Opens 4/24: Hunting Reminders and Safety Tips


The spring turkey hunting season opens in Massachusetts on April 24, 2017 and runs through May 20, 2017. MassWildlife offers the following information for turkey hunters regarding regulations, harvest reporting, and safety.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Public Asked to Participate in Moose Photo Survey from May 1 through May 15


As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor New Hampshire's moose, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to participate in a spring moose survey and submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017.

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Read the latest NH Fishing Report


Welcome to the first issue of our 2017 New Hampshire Fishing Report. We've been working on updating and improving our format to bring you more fishing news -- the "what's biting where" info that you can really use.

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Young Wildlife Belong in the Wild


Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it’s best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. It’s also against the law. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire - Saturday, June 3


Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire -- freshwater or saltwater -- without a fishing license. Plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.

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Steelhead Rainbow Trout Runs Are Happening


One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reminder - Youth Turkey Weekend is April 29-30, 2017


New Hampshire’s 2017 youth turkey hunt is coming up on Saturday/Sunday April 29-30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3.

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Be Alert to Avoid Moose on the Highway


Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding locations.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Now Is The Time To Head Out To Your Favorite Small Pond For Brook Trout


Some of the best of the Downeast Maine’s small brook trout pond fishing is now upon us! These ponds are the first to warm up and higher inshore water temperatures activate insect activity that attract trout. Whether you fish from shore or from a boat spin casting, worm dunking or fly fishing, this is the time year you can have great trout action.

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CT DEEP invites outdoor enthusiasts to become volunteers


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites environmental stewards who enjoy wildlife and the outdoors to get involved in protecting important species and preserving habitat by becoming volunteers for DEEP.

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